- A group known as the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to indicate his interest in the 2023 presidential election
- In fact, the GDI called on the PDP to pick Wike as its consensus presidential candidate ahead of 2023
- The group said Wike's giant strides and numerous achievements in Rivers constitute enough evidence that he can restore Nigeria to glory
Governor Nyesom Wike has been projected by a group, Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI) as one of the most competent leaders to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
According to the group, the Rivers governor has what it takes to reposition Nigeria's economy and set it on its path to total recovery.
GDI's southeast zonal coordinator, Sam Anya, noted that Wike's massive projects in the oil-rich state give him away as the best man for the job, Vanguard reports.
In a statement, Anya, therefore, called the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to choose the governor as its consensus presidential candidate ahead of the next presidential election.
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Anya stated that Wike has a deep interest in uniting the nation, investing in education, and ending the security challenges across regions.
“Wike is a Nationalist who truly believes in the peace, unity, and progress of Nigeria and has clearly demonstrated this in his uncompromising stance against separatist agitations and His liberal posture as demonstrated during the Sokoto fire inferno.
“We are totally convinced that what Nigeria needs right now is a courageous and vibrant leader who is capable of managing a complex nation like Nigeria. That resourceful manager is governor Wike; he has proven his capacity and dexterity on numerous occasions."
2023: PDP group calls on Governor Nyesom Wike to run for president
The group, made up of serving members of the Cross River state House of Assembly and former commissioners who refused to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with Governor Ben Ayade, said that Nigeria needs somebody like Wike with a vision and mission to turn the economy around.
Addressing reporters on Tuesday, November 9 in Calabar, one of the leaders of the group, Gab Odu Oji, said the country needed total revival in all sectors, adding that Wike has character and content that qualifies him to be Nigeria's number one citizen.
‘‘The movement notes that Nigeria is in dire need of a leader to drive prosperity to the people. Wike is a nationalist who believes in the unity of Nigeria and this was demonstrated during the inferno at Sokoto..."